Definition of Winnebago in US English:



  • 1A member of a North American people formerly living in eastern Wisconsin and now mainly in southern Wisconsin and Nebraska.

    • ‘In our assessment, the figures for the Winnebago (in eastern Wisconsin) probably most closely represent the kind of mixed economy the Oneota in western Wisconsin had during the time period of interest.’
    • ‘As the most ancient form, ‘He-who-wears-human-heads-as-earrings’ is one of the four principal deities of the Winnebago.’
    • ‘The oral traditions of the Sioux, Hidatsa, Caddo, and Winnebago described the twins as having great power as well.’
    • ‘In our own times, sprang has been in common use in Czechoslovakia, in Mexico, where it is used for shopping bags and hammocks, and among the Winnebago Indians of Wisconsin, who use it to make woollen scarves.’
    • ‘And if we are to suppose that the Winnebago were the gardeners as well as the mound builders (which, though probable, is by no means certain) we should have in the degradation of the Winnebago a measure of that deterioration.’
  • 2The Siouan language of the Winnebago.

  • 3trademark A motor vehicle with living accommodations used when traveling long distances or camping.

    • ‘But we don't need the stuff; I'd be happy living in a Winnebago with David because I love him so much.’
    • ‘After three weeks, however, she had grown tired of the Tinseltown value system which pumps up star egos with flowers, champagne and enormous Winnebagos while refusing to pay for a single rehearsal.’
    • ‘‘The Americans in particular are so hung up on their status symbols that they even audition Winnebagos to see whether they're suitable,’ he says.’
    • ‘Recreational vehicle, also known as Winnebagos, are those homes on wheels that gather like dinosaurs in the car parks of Florida.’
    • ‘Their cruisers could go much faster than the Winnebago.’
    • ‘A search has produced a Disaster Vehicle, a U.S.-made Winnebago, 28-feet long, that the owner has agreed to sell for nearly half the honest cost.’
    • ‘Jamie almost lost control of the Winnebago, but quickly recovered.’
    • ‘Then there was that amazing trip across the Rockies in a Winnebago.’
    • ‘We were loaded and ready to go, so I got in the Winnebago.’
    • ‘In fact, I have a Winnebago that we use a lot here in Idaho: we go further up in the mountains, where there are these gorgeous alpine lakes.’
    • ‘Convoys of Winnebagos and campervans line the highways in both directions; lost souls puttering along in search of the ultimate roadside attraction and the best truckstop food north of Texas.’
    • ‘In 1979 I glimpsed a dilapidated Winnebago in the parking garage of Denver's Stapleton Airport.’
    • ‘I'm not suggesting that you hybridize your knowledge from books on Winnebagos with your design practice.’
    • ‘It was well below zero and most of the cast and crew were standing around shivering, although McKidd and McCrory were snug in warm Winnebagos.’
    • ‘And they're riding motorcycles, not lumbering along in Winnebagos.’
    • ‘Before you hop in the Winnebago, get everyone to talk about what they want to do on vacation.’
    • ‘Americans don't take month-long vacations - or if they do, they spend them behind the wheel of a Winnebago.’
    • ‘Chief executive Chris Moller informed an audience in Auckland that the shortfall in hotel beds could be made up by the use of Winnebagos.’
    • ‘It introduced some of the festival buzz to backstage, which until then had been filled with luxury Winnebagos - not very rock 'n' roll,’ Falconer says.’
    • ‘She's not one of those actors who wanders off to the Winnebago to sulk between scenes, she would just park herself on the end of a dolly and wait for us to re-light.’


  • Relating to the Winnebago people or their language.

    • ‘According to Winnebago tradition, the ‘Children of the Sun’ wore inflated turkey bladders as headdresses.’
    • ‘On Sept. 11, Beth Todd-Bazemore, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of South Dakota, was consulting at the Winnebago reservation in northeastern Nebraska.’
    • ‘Since 1995, unemployment on the Winnebago reservation has plunged from 70 percent to 20 percent.’
    • ‘He has at least two aliases, best described by a passage given to Radin by his Winnebago informant, Sam Blowsnake, who quoted the oral tradition as spoken from Red Horn (the little brother) himself.’
    • ‘He felt comfortable as he did things like watching and learning how to weave baskets and how to bead while sitting at the feet of Ruth Cloud, a full-blooded Winnebago Indian.’


Algonquian, literally ‘person of the dirty water’, referring to the muddy Fox River.